India, China to ‘cool down’ LAC tension
- India and China have arrived at a “mutual consensus” to disengage on their disputed eastern Ladakh boundary, an Army official said on Tuesday after detailed talks between Corps Commanders on Monday.
- The disengagement, eight days after 20 Indian soldiers were killed by Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley of Ladakh, came on a day Army chief M.M. Naravane visited his injured colleagues in a Leh hospital.
Ayush lens on Ramdev’s COVID-19 cure
- Hours after yoga guru Baba Ramdev unveiled Ayurvedic medicines — ‘Coronil’ and ‘Swasari’ — on Tuesday, claiming that clinical trials on COVID19 affected patients had shown favourable results, the Central government asked Patanjali Ayurved Limited to stop advertising the drug and sought details on its claimed “successful trial and cure”.
- Patanjali Ayurved has been asked to provide, at the earliest, details of the name and composition of the medicines being claimed as successful in COVID19 treatment.
- The Ministry has also requested the concerned State Licensing Authority of the Uttarakhand government to provide copies of the license and product approval details of Ayurvedic medicines being claimed as useful in the treatment of COVID -19.
‘Country of origin’ must on GeM platform: govt.
- In a push to promote local products, the Union government has made it mandatory for all sellers on the Government e-Marketplace (GeM), a platform for public procurement, to list the country of origin while registering new products.
- The changes to the GeM, a Special Purpose Vehicle under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, are in line with the Centre’s Atmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India policies, an official statement said.
Trump suspends H-1B visas till year end
- U.S. President Donald Trump signing an executive order (EO) pausing new H-1B visas effective June 24 through the end of the year.
- H4 visas (H-1B dependents), L visas (intra company transfers), as well as H2B (non-agricultural workers) and J visas will be on pause through the year end.
- The order does not apply to existing green card holders, spouses and children of U.S. citizens, those already in the U.S. on temporary work visas (such as H-1Bs) or their derivative visas.
- Also exempt are those outside the U.S. who have valid non-immigrant visas issued before June 24. Individuals may still apply from within the U.S. for H-1B transfers, but if these are denied for any reason, such individuals could fall out of status.
Haryana to give ₹1,500 for transport to workers
- Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Tuesday announced that the government would bear the transportation cost of the migrant labourers who are willing to return to the State. He said the government would provide financial assistance of ₹1,500 as transport fare to each construction labourer.
- He said the government can also facilitate its buses to the bring such labourers back to the State.
Special kitchen scheme for poor to be launched in Rajasthan
- A new kitchen scheme named after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi will shortly be launched in Rajasthan for providing nutritious food to the poor and needy twice a day at concessional rates.
- The State government will spend ₹100 crore every year on the scheme’s implementation.
- Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the Indira Rasoi Yojana would fulfil the State government’s promise of “no one sleeps hungry”.